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NC Commerce Secretary Brings Task to HC

The Blue Ridge Electric Community Leaders Council heard from new North Carolina Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker at a meeting at Jefferson Landing last night, and the secretary had a number of surprising revelations about the job of jobs in the state—one of her final points, Full Story

Paving Scammers Hitting the High Country

The paving scammers are at it again in the area, after a couple of quiet years.  Sheriff Len Hagaman sent a text message this morning that a reliable and confidential source reported a solicitation from a paver who claimed ‘excess materials’ were available for a job in his area. Full Story

Boone Chamber Warns of Solicitation Scam

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is issuing a warning about the solicitation of a Texas firm, claiming to be working on behalf of the local chamber. The email to members says that Sterling Business Promotions of Grand Prairie, Texas has been soliciting High Country businesses Full Story

Traffic Snarled in NC 105 Three Vehicle Wreck

Three vehicles were heavily damaged, but injuries were not regarded as serious at the scene of a mid-afternoon crash on NC 105 in Boone.  First arriving Boone Police reported that no one claimed to be injured in the triple rear-end collision in the inside south-bound lanes, Full Story

Lansing Man Charged with Opium Trafficking

Ashe Sheriff James Williams announces that the Narcotics Division of the Ashe County Sheriff's Office has concluded an investigation that resulted in the arrest of Bruce Gilbert Mitchell. Bruce Mitchell, 57, of Lansing, was arrested on 15 counts of trafficking opium, Full Story

Police Encounters Lead to 2 Wilkes Arrests

A woman who witnessed an accident in Wilkesboro Saturday found herself in jail as her name was checked by police there and warrants were found to be on file for over a year.  The crash occurred midday Saturday on East Main in Wilkesboro, and Saundra May Jean Maloy Full Story

Two Women Hurt in Morning Wreck

Two women were injured and rushed to Watauga Medical Center after a rear-end collision this morning on US 421 at the edge of Vilas. The rear-end collision occurred near the Quality Plus station just before 8am when 27-year old Christy Miller of Zionville failed to slow in time Full Story

Frye: Prisoner Snafu Not in Avery

Avery Sheriff Kevin Frye said yesterday that his department did exactly what paperwork indicated that came with murder suspect Michael Whisnant when he was placed in their new jail to serve time under another conviction. The term he was serving in the Avery County jail ended last Friday, Full Story

Another Blow to Once Vital Furniture Business

We all know the names—Broyhill Furniture, Drexel Heritage, Lane, Thomasville, Henredon—furniture manufacturers that once meant thousands of jobs, and meant a sense of identity for the Piedmont and Foothills and drove the economy of the area.  Most of those jobs are gone, Full Story

Assessment of Horn In The West Facilities Asked

The Boone Cultural Resources Board yesterday voted to ask the Boone Town Council to again look at the facilities of the Daniel Boone Theater, home of Horn in the West for over 60 years.  After a presentation showing troubles with the aging facility—bathrooms, showers, Full Story

Mountaineers Drop Out of Top 25

The balance of strength in the Football Championship Series has swayed to the west. At least it looks that way through the first two weeks of the regular season. Two-time defending national champion, North Dakota State, leads the way as the No.1 team in the county in Full Story

UPDATE: Murder Suspect Erroneously Released

Freedom was short lived for a Caldwell County man charged with murder, released in error from Avery County custody Friday. Michael Whisnant, 37, was arrested without incident Friday at his father's home just a few hours after he was accidentally released from the Avery County Jail, Full Story

Recaptured Inmate Sent to Spruce Pine

An inmate who escaped from a work assignment Friday was recaptured late yesterday afternoon miles from where he had been working. Inmate John R. Fullwood, 51, was captured without incident at about 5:20 p.m. Sunday in Clyde, just west of Asheville.   He was transported to Full Story

Wilkes Man OK After Alaska Plane Crash

The family of a Wilkes man who was reported missing after an Alaska plane crash said he was found safe Sunday night. James Minton, 65, was reported to be in good shape after he was taken to a medical center to be checked out, his family told WXII-TV. Authorities said Minton, Full Story

Grant to Put Smoke Detectors in Local Homes

Just as the fall home fire season approaches, the Watauga County Fire Fighters Association has received a grant for Smoke Alarms from the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal. Angie Gryder Gregg, Injury Prevention Specialist  with the Office of State Fire Marshal said Full Story

Comeback Falls Short in Home-Opening Loss

Trailing by 18 points with less than six minutes to go, Appalachian State University football rallied to pull within three points but a would-be game-tying field goal Full Story

Two Women Raped, Two Suspects Charged

Two Boone men have been charged with raping two women—one charged with strangulation—an an incident from late Friday night. The Boone Police release said that at approximately 10:00 PM, Boone Police responded to a report of two sexual assaults at a Queen Street residence. Full Story

Embezzlement, Forgery at Car Dealership

Wilkesboro Police are investigating the possible embezzlement of some $9000 from a local car dealership.  The crime occurred sometime between mid July and August 30th at Wilkes Nissan, where company officials told police that they discovered a monetary discrepancy in a car sale, Full Story

Stealin' Wheels in Lenoir--Cycles Targeted

The Lenoir Police Department thinks they have a serial cycle stealer on their hands, with one motorcycle and five mopeds taken in just over a week’s time.  The police release says that due to the close proximity both geographically and chronologically these incidents may be related. Full Story

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